Minnesota Mom to Sue Her Teenager Over Gender Reassignment

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This news story is about a mother, Anmarie Calgaro, suing her 17-year-old daughter (this noun is used to describe the teenager due to the medical documents stating that the she is now able to legally be a female); however, the mother is doing more than suing the daughter. According to NBC News, she is suing county health boards, a school district and local health care nonprofits. Calgaro feels as if her constitutional rights have been violated when her daughter was able to undergo hormonal changes to begin the transition from male to female without her consent. In Minnesota, there are loose emancipation laws that state if a child is living separate from parents and paying for his/her own expenses, he/she has the right to medical assistance without the consent of a guardian.

While the story seems like it would logically follow the daughter on her transition and feelings, the teenager was not available for comment. Instead, NBC News took the story to centralize it around the mother, Calgaro (the central compelling character). The article develops the opinion of the mother through multiple resources and, what seems to be, multiple interviews/follow-ups. The mother is at first seen as angry at her child for the changes she has made without her consent; however, near the end of the article, Calgaro states that she simply thinks her constitutional rights are at risk and is bringing the law into this only to help other parents to be notified when their child is undergoing any medical procedures.

The conflict and tension can be seen through the way Calgaro talks about the issue as a whole. She refers to her daughter as her son throughout a testimony in front of a court. This is against her claim that she is doing this for other parents. Instead, this aligns with her anti-trans mindset that others within the article believe she has. The conflict/tension is also seen when she decides to use law as a way to parent.

There is both data and expert testimonies within this article – Erick Kaardal (Calgaro’s attorney), Thomas More’s Society, Jamison Green (former president of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health), Phil Duran (the Legal Director at OutFront Minnesota), Minnesota Department of Education and more.

Lastly, multiple viewpoints come into play and almost coincide with some of the experts. The experts do not only give their statistics and facts, but also they give their opinion. One in particular, David Edwards, had a similar issue as Calgaro, but instead, he decided to parent his child and begin to understand his trans-teenager instead of becoming enraged with a legal agenda.